Osteopathy is a non-invasive, drug-free form of manual medicine that focuses on the health of the whole body, not just the injured or affected part.
The objective of treatment is to strengthen the musculoskeletal framework, improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics.
By using a range of ‘hands-on’ techniques to move, stretch, massage and physically manipulate a person’s muscles and joints, Osteopathy is designed to facilitate a smoother relationship and better function of the body’s systems.
Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders with the aim of:
• Increasing the mobility of joints
• Relieving muscle tension
• Enhancing the blood supply to tissues
• Helping the body to heal
By taking the time to understand patients and their unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle, osteopaths are then able to formulate a treatment plan that will achieve the best outcome, which may sometimes include onward referral.
Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints, such as:
• Lower back pain
• Neck pain
• Shoulder pain
• Problems with the pelvis, hips and legs
• Sports injuries
• Problems with posture caused by driving, work or pregnancy
Osteopaths have been regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) since 1993 and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of persistent low back pain.